This is one of the best how to write sex scene books that I've read. I can highly recommend it.
I treated myself to the audio version of this book so that I could listen to it as I worked on my blogs. I'll keep a copy on my Kindle as well. It is a classic inclusion for a writer's library.
My favourite sex scenes in novels have no description of sex at all. Both are older books and by Australian authors. They focus on the sensuality of attraction and arousal and the sexual awakening rather than the act itself. These are Tim, by Colleen McCulough, best known for The Thorn Birds, and A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute.
Nevil Shute’s most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.
In A Town Like Alice, Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life. Jean travels leads her to a desolate Australian outpost called Willstown, where she finds a challenge that will draw on all the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her through her war-time ordeals.
While the plot is timeless, the book is dated. I could not enjoy reading it today, despite admiring the sweet sensuality of the beach hut scene. The segregation of the icecream parlour, and a racist suggestion that a white girl could not be employed to serve Aboriginals ice cream, utterly repulsed me. I do not excuse racism as being a product of those times. At the age of seventy, as I write this, I am a product of the same times as Neville Shute, and my parents of earlier times and none of us were racist. Still, credit where it is due, he wrote two sweetly sensual scenes which, at the age of thirteen, when I first read them, had me swooning.